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can u help define this genre of electronic music: 'electro'?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 4:55 am    Post subject: can u help define this genre of electronic music: 'electro'? Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I am writing a CD review for school and am trying to define the unmistakable sound of electro.


Electro, i have always thought, is a genre of electronic music: stripped back with percussive sound effects... i need help describing it, maybe you can help Very Happy

I've got a week till it's due and would appreciate any feedback + get a kick out of chatting about this and other stuff eg. i just got a mac g4 with pro-tools, reason & live and am just getting my head around it all and studying contempory music - technical production. The teachers are great but unfortunately, being older than myself haven't been exposed to much 'interesting' electronic music it seems. I can't blame them for not finding much in todays charting hip hop but thus find little alternative to rock & roll.

Being a bit of a music slut i dig this too but what about ... .........
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I popped a reply up on the "introduce yourself" forum. Might not be terribly helpful.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

electro ia a term that has many meanings...

currently electro refers to a genre that is characterized by vintage drum machine rythms, sparse vintage synth arps and sometimes vocals[deadpanned almost robot like]...ths genre is sometimes called 'electroclash'..examples currently would be 'Peaches'.. 'Fischerspooner'

It can also refer to the electronic music of the mid-80's to early 90's..'electro-funk'....breakdancing music was born from this genre...lots of 808 beats...

however, there is a larger scope to the meaning of the word electro...

basically meaning- any electronic music..

i think mosc can elaborate on that more

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Sudden is hipper to this stuff than I.

I posted something in the introduce yourself topic.

BTW, It's best not to cross post in these forums. I need to install a mod program to allow me to merge threads. Yikes, I just got something else to do. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2004 9:05 pm    Post subject: I agree with Paul..... Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

paul aka sudden wrote:

currently electro refers to a genre that is characterized by vintage drum machine rythms, sparse vintage synth arps and sometimes vocals[deadpanned almost robot like]...ths genre is sometimes called 'electroclash'..examples currently would be 'Peaches'.. 'Fischerspooner'

It can also refer to the electronic music of the mid-80's to early 90's..'electro-funk'....breakdancing music was born from this genre...lots of 808 beats...



I would define "electro" as robotic music, utilising vocoders, percussive beats....very "machine-like" or "robotic"......like some of the very early Kraftwerk......

Also, Meat Beat Manifesto had a song called "I am electro" that had a metallic voice, mechanised percussion, etc.

It's kind of hard to put "labels" or "catagories" on electronic music......there are soooooo many that oft-times a piece will fit into SEVERAL.

For example, "EMB" ("Electronic Body Music") now refers to most European E-music, but, originally, it meant that electrodes were attached to the performer's body, and their skin resistance (GSR) as they moved around, caused the pitch, volume, filtering, etc to change.

In a sense, the theremin is "WIRELESS EBM"!

Norm

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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2004 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: I agree with Paul..... Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Norm Vogel wrote:


For example, "EMB" ("Electronic Body Music") now refers to most European E-music, but, originally, it meant that electrodes were attached to the performer's body, and their skin resistance (GSR) as they moved around, caused the pitch, volume, filtering, etc to change.




interesting, i always wondered about the origin of EBM

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

http://www.ishkur.com/features/music/index.htm#

"ishkur's guide to electronic music"
-this will answer your questions, and make you laugh your ass off. it has examples and the links from one genre to another. look at all the kinds of trance! all sound excatly the same to me!
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

boom chi boom - boomchiboom
boom chi boom - boomchi tsss
boom chi boom - boomchiboom
boom chi boom - boomchibobo

thats electro.

I've always made techno........ apparently in 2000 breakbeat techno 2001 it was electronic breakbeat ...in 2002 electrobreaks.... in 2003....idm....2004...breakcore 2005 back to the originalelectro........
....i don't care anymore .....
my advice don't worry about any of that ... just make your own up like chavbass or intelligent skat ....etc Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2005 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just remember electro-music is not necessarily electro. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

¬a]e o|¬e wrote:
boom chi boom - boomchiboom
boom chi boom - boomchi tsss
boom chi boom - boomchiboom
boom chi boom - boomchibobo

thats electro.

I've always made techno........ apparently in 2000 breakbeat techno 2001 it was electronic breakbeat ...in 2002 electrobreaks.... in 2003....idm....2004...breakcore 2005 back to the originalelectro........
....i don't care anymore .....
my advice don't worry about any of that ... just make your own up like chavbass or intelligent skat ....etc Shocked


i quite like strum'n'bass.

steer clear of intelligent skat. any night that starts in a barn in somerset drinking snakebite made with scrumpy and real ale is gonna end in tears.
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